Mahindra has silently launched the automatic version of the BSVI Mahindra XUV500. The new automatic gearbox option is available from the W7 trim upwards at the starting price of Rs 15.65 lakh
Upon the launch of the BSVI-compliant Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra decided to stop offering the automatic version of its popular model. However, recently, Mahindra has reintroduced the automatic version of the XUV500 without much pomp and show. The automatic transmission on the updated Mahindra XUV500 is the same AISIN-sourced 6-speed torque converter unit that was used on the pre-BSVI version.
The Mahindra XUV500 AT is powered by a BSVI 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which makes a top power of 155 PS and a maximum torque of 360 Nm. At the moment, Mahindra is offering the automatic gearbox on the W7, W9 and W11 (O) variant. Only the W5 variant does not receive this new transmission option. The prices of the automatic variants are Rs. 15.65 lakh, Rs. 17.36 lakh, and Rs.18.88 lakh, respectively. Compared to the manual counterparts, the XUV500 automatic variants are pricier by up to Rs 1.21 lakh.
Other than the reintroduced automatic gearbox option, this SUV is also available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the petrol engine option that was on offer earlier is no long avaialble. However, it is expected that next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will receive a petrol option as well. The new petrol engine is likely to be a 2.0-litre mStallion mill that is good for 190 PS and 380 Nm. However, it is possible that Mahindra will tune down the power output of this engine when using it on the XUV500. The homegrown manufacturer is likely to launch the next-gen model next year.
Tata Harrier vs BSVI Mahindra XUV500 Comparison
In the current market, MG Hector Plus is the only direct rival of the Mahindra XUV500. In the near future, Tata will join the competition with the new Gravitas. Mahindra XUV500 edges out the Hector Plus thanks to the automatic option for the diesel version. On the other hand, the Hector Plus is available with both diesel (manual) and petrol engine (both manual and automatic) option. As for the upcoming Gravitas, Tata will bring in a more powerful diesel engine than XUV500’s unit.
Mahindra is busy preparing for multiple upcoming launches for the late 2020 and early 2021. Coming first is the Mahindra Thar which is slated to go on sale on October 2. After the XUV500, Mahindra Scorpion will be the next model to receive new-generation updates. Additionally, Mahindra is also preparing for the launch of the XUV300 Sportz with a 130 PS 1.2-litre mStallion engine.